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Hockey Shutout Against Quinnipiac in Home Opener

On Friday, Boston College Men’s Ice Hockey fell to the Quinnipiac Bobcats 4-0 at Conte Forum in their home opener. Two goals scored midway through the third by Bobcat’s Michael Lombardi and Ethan de Jong helped close out a dominant performance from Quinnipiac.

The Bobcats came out swinging early in the first period as they strung together a series of shifts that kept the pressure on the Eagles. While the Eagles managed to keep the puck to the outside of their own zone, they were forced to take an early penalty as Cade Alami took a tripping penalty at 3:02 into the first period. This would lead to the Bobcat’s first and eventual game-winning goal as Zach Metsa one-timed a face-off win from Skyler Brind'Amour just seconds into their power-play.  

Quinnipiac continued to press their advantage through the first half of the period as they used their stretch pass to deadly effect. The Bobcats were able to slip skaters behind Boston College’s defense, leading to various odd-man rushes that were expertly repelled by Eagles goalie Mitch Benson. This momentum would begin to shift with a series of penalties beginning at 12:40 into the period. While it was Boston College’s Mike Posma taking this initial penalty, others quickly followed, leading to both four on four and power play situations for the Eagles. 

Energized by their effective moving of the puck during special teams play, Boston College had a spree of odd-man rushes at the end of the period. Both Lukas Gustafsson and Cam Burke had short breakaway opportunities, but were unfortunately stymied by Bobcat’s goalie Yaniv Perets. 

The Eagles would carry this momentum into the second period, with the first ten minutes being their most dominant stretch of the game. Again, Boston College had numerous odd-man rush chances but all were turned away by Yavin Perets. This surge of energy would grant them another power play opportunity as Quinnipiac’s CJ Mcgee was sent to the box for tripping at 4:56 into the second. 

Boston College’s power play was arguably the best part of their game as they were able to engage all five players with crisp, clean passes. This led to a number of chances as all players on the ice were not afraid to shoot the puck. Most notable was a cross-crease pass to Trevor Kuntar which he one-timed off the post. 

After what would be the Eagle’s last power play of the game, the momentum once again balanced out. The rest of the period saw plenty of neutral zone play, with neither team wanting to give up the next goal. Unfortunately for the Eagles, Quinnipiac was able to slip another shot past Mitch Benson at 12:48 into the second in what was truly the one commanding shift from either team in the second half of the period. The traffic in front of the net from Quinnipiac forwards meant Benson was unable to see Charles-Alexis Legault’s shot from the blue line, which found the top corner of the net, just over his shoulder. This meant the Eagles went to the locker room down 2-0 in what started off as their period to win.

The Bobcats did not let up in the third period, instead preferring to keep their foot on the gas pedal and not giving the Eagles any breathing room. The beginning of the period saw Quinnipiac pressuring Boston College deep in their own zone, trying to keep the puck 200 feet away from their own net. While the Eagles did try to push back, their efforts were quickly squashed by two quick Bobcat goals.

The first came at 9:11 into the third off the stick of Michael Lombardi with the assist from Ethan de Jong. The puck trickled past Mitch Benson as he was unable to squeeze his pads tight enough to stop the puck. Just over a minute later, a three-on-two odd-man rush led to Jacob Quillan dropping it to Ethan de Jong who picked the corner scoring what would be the last goal of the game. 

Boston College hung with Quinnipiac through two periods, but were unable to match their scoring prowess as Yaniv Perets managed to keep the Eagles off the scoreboard the entire game. While they showed flashes of greatness, the Eagles will need a consistent 60 minutes in order to beat a veteran team like Quinnipiac in the future. The final shots speak for themselves as the Bobcats trumped the Eagles 31-19 in that regard. In order to stay competitive through all three periods in coming games, the Eagles will have to find a way to capitalize on their scoring opportunities. 

Catch the Eagles in action on October 15th at 7:00pm as they travel to Durham, New Hampshire to take on the Bobcats in what’s sure to be a close game. 

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